A6 guitar chords

The Theory

A6 guitar chords are generally written as A6.
A Major Scale A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G#
Key Signature key signature
Chord A6
Chord Formula 1 - 3 - 5 - 6
Notes A - C# - E - F#

The Charts

A6 Guitar Chords

A6 chord spelling and chord notes
Position 1st 2nd 3rd
Written Chord x02222 5x7675 x-0-11-11-10-0/12
Chord Notes x - A - E - A - C# - F# A - x - A - C# - F# - A x - A - C# - F# - A - E
Chord Tabs
e |-2-|
B |-2-|
G |-2-|
D |-2-|
A |-0-|
E |---|
e |-5-|
B |-7-|
G |-6-|
D |-7-|
A |---|
E |-5-|
e |(0/12)|
B |--10--|
G |--11--|
D |--11--|
A |--0---|
E |------|
 

Notes

  • In the 3rd position, the chord is written x-0-11-11-10-0/12. We separate any fret greater than 9 with a hyphen so as not to create confusion with double-digits, otherwise the chord above would be written x01111100/12 which is too confusing. The 0/12 on the e string (top E) takes into account the optional note which is indicated after the forward slash (/)... either play the string open or on the 12th fret.
  • A6 chords are not commonly used in mainstream music, unless you are after a slightly different sound. A famous song using a 6 chord is Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed. Although he uses an F6 chord, it will give you an idea of how well a 6 chord can sound in a given song. You could also listen to Close To You by the Carpenters which uses a G6 chord.
  • Standard keys using the A6 chord: A/F#m and D/Bm. Each of the major keys and their relative minor keys share the same notes. The A-6 chord (A - C# - E - F) utilizes notes belonging to the A Major/F#m Scale (A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#), and the D Major/Bm Scale ( D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#).
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